Yesterday I noted the Wall Street Journal was reporting Gov. Scott Walker may be negotiating with John Doe prosecutors, despite all his claims to be innocent of any wrongdoing.
As if that’s not bad enough news for Gov. Walker, he also
took a hard shot from Democratic gubernatorial frontrunner Mary Burke, who was critical of efforts led by Gov. Walker to suppress voters while not doing much to suppress violence.
“Well, I think from what we have seen and the bills that have been passed, yes it does appear like they take voter suppression more seriously than the violence suppression.”
Predictably, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, ever the loyal foot soldier for Gov. Walker, said the Legislature helped fund an expansion of the Milwaukee Police Department’s ShotSpotter program. What Vos didn’t mention was that Gov. Walker actually didn’t include funding for the ShotSpotter program in his budget and the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee rejected an attempt to restore $445,400 from a community policing grant for the Police Department’s ShotSpotter program.
All this bad news for Gov. Walker sure must have spooked his Koch overlords, resulting in the “charitable” wing of David Koch’s Americans for Prosperity dropping nearly $900,000 on ads to boost Gov. Walker’s reelection campaign.
The latest ads from the 501(c)(3) Americans for Prosperity Foundation recycle the “It’s Working” message that it first pushed in 2011 and 2012, when Walker faced a recall election sparked by his controversial bill to strangle public sector unions in the state. AFP spent around $2.9 million on those ads, which it aired along with another 501(c)(3), the MacIver Institute, a State Policy Network affiliate. (AFP also used the “It’s Working” messaging for five ads it ran in the 2013 Douglas County, Colorado school board race).
Hopefully there are many more rough days ahead for Gov. Walker, including election day 2014.